My husband woke me up at 6:00 this morning and Informs me that my "mini geese" are running around outside. He had brought a trash barrel in last night, and somehow the garage door was left wide open. The Sebs were secure in pens, but the mini's were in an open area in the barn connected to the garage-they just strolled outside. That wouldn't be so bad, if they had been acclimated to the outside and bonded to me. I ended up in PJ's running around in the snow trying to get them back in, while my husband cheerily waved goodbye and took off for work. Of course, one of them headed to the wetlands on the other side of the property and plopped herself down in the swamp, where there is a temporary (and very large) pond and lots of muck surrounding it. The other two took off in the other direction, but at least stayed close to the house. She , of course swam to the end of the pond farthest from the house, and only assessable from the VERY overgrown woods. I walked down the road, waded my way through the woods, and was able to shoo her to the house side of the swamp. She turned around and swam back. We did this three times, The third time I went and got Zeena, my white Seb, Matriarch of the clan, her DH, Zander, and her two boys, and let them out. I was hopeful they would call her out of the swamp. They called, but she was too spooked to join them. The other two mini's flocked with them though-good so far. Now I've been working on this 3 hours. I herded the group down to the edge of the swamp in hopes she, (Smidgeon) would come out of the water and join the flock-no dice. All were flapping and honking at her. This is where it get's amazing and no one but my neighbor,who saw it will believe this. Zeena, I said, bring her in! Zeena went to the edge of the pond/wetlands and plopped herself down, All the others followed and plopped themselves down. She preened, they preened, I backed off down the road. Smidgeon swam across to them. Zeena rose majestically, flapped, honked and led the group back to the house. Smidgeon hesitated, then ran after the flock. I came back down the road and they were all in the back of the house grazing-way to go Zeena! My neighbor applauded her! I am hoping I will be able to get her in the barn tonight! My Hubby owes me flowers and wine and another goose!